Vanilla Sky

Vanilla Sky

Cameron Crowe (2001)

15 Certificate
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Our Score
This glossy but disappointing Hollywood remake of Alejandro Amenábar's off-kilter Spanish thriller Open Your Eyes makes the fatal error of jettisoning the original's potent psychological suspense. Though it is a near scene-for-scene replication, writer/director Cameron Crowe has turned a disquieting and disorientating murder mystery into a superficial showcase for star Tom Cruise (whose character's facial disfigurement has been laughably toned down). Some pleasure is to be gleaned from the ever amusing Jason Lee as Cruise's best friend and Cameron Diaz's lively turn as Tom's unstable lover, but neither the star nor his then-girlfriend Penélope Cruz (reprising her role from the original) looks at all comfortable, nor share any palpable chemistry. Though convoluted, Amenábar's riveting original pulled off its dream-like twists with shattering conviction; Crowe doesn't seem like he means a word of it.


The laid-back lifestyle of an arrogant New York playboy is shattered when his unstable girlfriend drives off a bridge with him in the car. Although he survives, he struggles to put his life back together in the face of a series of strange events. Cameron Crowe's remake of Spanish thriller Open Your Eyes, starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell, Jason Lee and Penelope Cruz, who also appeared in the original.

Cast & Crew

David Aames Tom Cruise
Julie Gianni Penelope Cruz
Sofia Serrano Cameron Diaz
Dr Curtis McCabe Kurt Russell
Brian Shelby Jason Lee
Edmund Ventura Noah Taylor
Thomas Tipp Timothy Spall
Rebecca Dearborn Tilda Swinton
Aaron Michael Shannon
Peter Brown Johnny Galecki
Director Cameron Crowe
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity.Available on: video and DVD